Asked on Apr 11, 2019

How do I rid my kitchen of those tiny black ants?

Debbie/Dragonfly TreasureSusanStillyoung
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How do I rid my problem of tiny black ants in the kitchen? I have a dog so it can’t be anything that may make him sick. I have read the best solution is to keep everything dry, which I do. I have tried the dawn and vinegar solution and also tried House and Garden Spray. I clean up dead ants constantly. Any suggestions on preventing them from coming inside?

7 answers
  • Try a product called Terro.

  • Mogie
    on Apr 11, 2019

    We use Terro.

  • William
    on Apr 11, 2019

    You can sprinkle Jiffy Muffin mix where you see ants and along baseboards. They take it back to the nest. Ants can't digest it and they die.

    • Janet
      on Apr 11, 2019

      The dog will probably eat this if it is not put where he cannot get to it.

  • Janet
    on Apr 11, 2019

    Put a small plate of honey and surround the honey with Borax.

    The honey draws them and the Borax kills them.

    Put this on the counter or an area the dog cannot get to.

    • Janet
      on Apr 12, 2019

      We have successfully used honey and borax for many many years. Ants WILL crawl through the borax, they do not push it aside.

      Corn meal is bad for a pet's digestive system. It is hard for them to digest. Many Vets have it on the Do Not Eat list.

      It has to be placed in an area the dog cannot get to as the honey will draw the ants to it, as I stated above.

  • Stillyoung
    on Apr 11, 2019

    You might also try to follow the trails where they may be coming indoors and fill it or plug it up. I had some coming in a tiny pin hole on the corner of my window trim and through the caulking or the wood, and plugged it up. Sometimes they find a way to come in through any crack or edge of doors, even pipes under the sinks.

    • Stillyoung
      on Apr 11, 2019

      Hello to you William, yes I agree so I guess we must keep checking at first sign of any bugs coming in. Don't be like me and open every door with or without screens when it gets warm and comfortable in spring then find some odd critters indoors too. No free meal, we must also keep wiping down every counter or flat surface regularly.

  • Susan
    on Apr 11, 2019

    Salt or borax which is non toxic

    • Janet
      on Apr 12, 2019

      Please call your Veterinarian. Borax IS harmful to pets.

      Salt in large amounts can be as well.

      Pet owners should always check with their Vets before using anything around you home that might possibly be harmful to your pets.

      Poison control will tell you as well.

  • I use packaged cornbread mix that says it is sweetened and put it where they are. They will take it to the mound, everyone will eat it and die, they can't digest the cornmeal, but will take it because it is sweetened. Little goes a long way.


    I read this from : Itsmemic

    Medicated powder from the Dollar Tree. It has eucalyptus in it...menthol...I puff it around my homes foundation..and inside under my birdcages in the cracks under moldings. Work immediately and they never come back. I do this at the first sign of ants..in one day..GONE. The powder is in a very large container and lasts quite awhile too !! And smells great !

    Not toxic to my birds OR dog


    What if you make a barrier around the house.

    I did some research, since we know what works for one person doesn't always work for another. I found this site and it's pretty informative. I know some tips you may not be able to use but there are some good ones also that will hopefully help.

    https://www.familyhandyman.com/pest-control/how-to-get-rid-of-ants/view-all/


    Ants are so weird. One time I found them inside the freezer in the garage!! What would possess them to go inside a freezer only to die? They must have sent signals back or something ~ there were no ant trails only a freezer full of dead ants. Hasn't happened since.


    Ant Spray - https://www.hometalk.com/31195184/cheap-easy-homemade-ant-spray?

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